Natalie Portman's Oscars outfit was embroidered with the names of snubbed female directors

Natalie Portman's Oscars outfit was embroidered with the names of snubbed female directors

As far as red carpets go, there's none more prestigious than the Academy Awards. And as the stars of Hollywood made their way into Sunday night's 92nd annual Academy Awards, there's no better opportunity to make a statement than on the red carpet.

Keanu Reeves arrived with arm-in-arm with his mom, Tom Hanks performed push-ups with a US Army Seargent, and many stars just took the time to showcase their stunning (and expensive) outfits for the photographers.

However, despite the fact actress Natalie Portman was indeed looking to draw attention to her stunning Dior cape, the reason was far from vanity. The 38-year-old Black Swan star was actually using her outfit to make an important point to The Academy, as Portman had embroidered her Dior cape with the names of female directors that had been snubbed at this year's Oscars.

Listed below are all the names nominated in the Best Director category.

Bong Joon-ho - Parasite
Sam Mendes - 1917
Todd Phillips - Joker
Martin Scorsese - The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

That's right - they're all male - which is something Portman took umbrage with.

Despite the fact there have been a plethora of female-helmed projects over the last year - from Greta Gerwig's Little Women to Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers to Lulu Wang's The Farewell to Melina Matsoukas' Queen & Slim (to name but a few), the Best Director category this year consisted only of men.

When asked by reporter Amy Kaufman what prompted her to adorn her outfit in such a unique way, Portman replied: "I wanted to recognize the incredible women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in a subtle way".

This is not the first time Portman has been vocal about supporting female talent. At the 2018 Golden Globes, she took a dig at the all-male nominee list by addressing it as such:

And people on Twitter absolutely adored the subtle - but cheeky - gesture:

Later in the evening, Portman would present the award for Best Adapted Screenplay alongside Timothée Chalamet to winner Taika Waititi.

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Here are the current Academy Award 2020 winners, along with the nominees in each category (winners in bold):

Best Picture:

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Ford v Ferrari

Best Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Best Actor:

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Best Sound Editing:

Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Documentary Short Feature:

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Documentary Feature:

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama

Best Costume Design:

Sandy Powell & Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
Mark Bridges, Joker
Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit

Best Production Design:

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit

Live-Action Short Film:

Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors' Window
A Sister

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Joker

Best Original Screenplay:

Rian Johnson, Knives Out
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Animated Short Film:

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love

Animated Feature Film:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Supporting Actor:

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Director:

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Music (Original Song):

'I'm Standing With You' from Breakthrough
'Into The Unknown' from Frozen II
'Stand Up' from Harriet
'(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' from Rocketman
'I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away' from Toy Story 4
'Glasgow' from Wild Rose

Music (Original Score):

Little Women
Marriage Story
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

International Feature Film:

France, Les Misérables
North Macedonia, Honeyland
Poland, Corpus Christi
South Korea, Parasite
Spain, Pain and Glory

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Visual Effects:

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Film Editing:

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Ford v Ferrari

Best Cinematography:

Roger Deakins, 1917
Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood